Transit Of Venus

Like thousands of other people, I watched the Venus transit on my computer, via webcast from the Keck Observatory on the summit of Mauna Kea on Hawaii. (It was amusing to see a bunch of excited scientists trying to keep a TV audience entertained for  6 hours).

There are plenty of great transit photographs taken by amateurs. (The L.A. Times has a nice collection of images from Southern California). But the best view was from space. My favorite image is this one, taken by the Japanese Hinode spacecraft.

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Hinode is a collaboration between the Japanese space agency JAXA and various institutions in the US and the UK. Then known as “Solar-B”, the satellite was launched on a Japanese M-5 rocket in 2006. Earlier this year, Hinode returned  stunning images and data from the Lunar eclipse. Well done, Japan!


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